By picking up a camera and using any or all of these simple tools and techniques, you are not only being present and creative, but you are actually practicing mindfulness, which reduces stress and helps leave you balanced and ready to take on the rest of your day.
When she finished with her reply, she smiled that familiar grin, patted me ever so gently on the arm and walked away. At that time, I wasn't astute enough to understand that her smile camouflaged a deep sadness. Yet she wore that grin well and seldom ever frowned.
It is important to understand that these happiness technologies, which will have a real impact on our "life experience," are a new type of technology. Again, they are not designed to change the world but to change ourselves, our behaviors, our relations to others and our lifestyles.
Quitting early to avoid getting stuck in a rut is smart. But continually shortening your time horizons for career achievement and shirking hard work in the search for immediate silver bullets is a dangerous practice, and may actually limit your long-term outcomes.
Happiness is a choice. Yes, even for those who were born genetically grumpy, it's possible to choose to be happier. Even when things around you are falling apart, it's possible to choose to be happy. I learned that by the time I was 3 -- a lesson learned from my parents.
Your sweet spot, the best moments of your life, follow a simple pattern. They begin when you center yourself. Before you can stretch to your limits and choose what you want to do that's difficult and worthwhile, you have to be present.
I believe in luck and love and good fortune. I am a professional optimist. I try to hide it, but most of the time, I'm my father's son and his glass was neither half-empty nor half-full -- it was overflowing.
Given how much time I spend wandering around consumed by how stellar life will be once I lose the last five pregnancy pounds, get my book written, get the baby to sleep through the night, that to realize quite suddenly that I am happy right now is miraculous. It stops me in my tracks.
Believe -- belief is like a magic potion; it helps us move forward even when times are tough. It gives a foundation when there is none to be seen and supports our dreams when the evidence is not yet there.
If you're happy, Deepak Chopra says, you're going to be healthier, have better relationships, do good/meaningful work and be successful and abundant -- not the other way around. He claims that there's a formula for happiness, which depends on three things.
If you take this seven-day challenge and if you commit yourself to doing all of these things without cheating, not only you will know what makes happy people happy, but at the end of the challenge, you might also experience that happiness for yourself.
Having lived more than half my life, I've gained a perspective I describe as the backward look that may be beneficial to persons of any age, but particularly to those who still have more than half their lives to live.
In the 24/7 technology-centric environment in which we live and work, true happiness seems to be less attainable than ever before, yet it's the one thing everyone seeks. Here are 10 ways that can help you bring more happiness into your life.
Life doesn't always work out just as we'd like, but I believe it does happen according to "some plan," whether grand or otherwise. The one thing we can do is remind ourselves to consciously work toward making it the best we can -- and let go of the little things that don't actually matter.
Time to let go because if I don't I'll lose myself in the process. I'm in danger of forgetting what the holidays and life are all about. What matters is doing the best we can to practice true loving kindness, a genuine desire to act in pursuit of the others' happiness.
Track Your Happiness is a mobile app that asks a series of questions a few times each day, producing a "Happiness Report" which explains what influenced your happiness. So was there any one thing that made me happy?